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Friday, 21 April 2017

My 1st Journaling Bible

Hello Friends,

Yesterday was my birthday and I received my very first journaling bible. It was the exact one I wanted and in my favourite translation.

The inside covers are filled with gorgeous illustrations to colour. Many scriptures are beautfully illustrated, with lots of extra margins for my own art and notes.

I am extremely grateful to my son (with the help of my Amazon wish list) and can't wait to get started, coloring and meditating on the Word.

Here are some pics.
The cover has a glittery shimmer and is soft & flexible.
The box it came in is too beautiful to toss.
A closer view.
The lovely pattern on the page edges reminds me of a dear vintage book.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

The Bee Singer Queen - Chapter 25

Hello Friends,

Here is my latest chapter of my audio novel, "The Bee Singer Queen". I hope you enjoy it.

Blessing hugs,

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Sowing in Tears

Dear Friends,

All week, on the advice of a dear friend, I have been meditating on and declaring Psalm 126. Verses 5 & 6 say,
"Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him."

Have you ever been in the weeping stage, crying night and day for a loved one? Did it seem like the season of tears would never end? I know. I am and have been in that season for a long time.

But I have seen times of harvest as well and I know that not one of my tears is wasted. Each tear waters the heart of the one I love and weep for. And so I weep. But I don't stop there. I decree and declare every promise I have ever been given concerning that one who is so dear to me. Because if my tears can water that seemingly unyielding heart, my faith can fertilize it, and I know the harvest will be great. Moreover, my JOY will be great.

I drew tear tracks on my painting because I believe my joy will come even as the tears are still drying on my face. And those tears are precious. They are like the birth pains of a mother - sorrowful, but oh so necessary. They are a precious part of the baby she holds in her arms, emphasizing his worth and value.

Dear friend, if you are in the valley of tears, let me squeeze your hand and say that you are not alone. But let us smile through our tears, for JOY will come in the morning, no matter how desperate and hopeless things look now.

Blessing hugs,

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The Bee Singer Queen - Chapter 24

Dear Friends,

I apologize for the late offering of my new chapter today. I recorded it yesterday, but did not have time to convert and upload it to You Tube. Chapter 25 is also uploaded on my You Tube channel if you can't wait until next week for it.

Have a great day and I hope you enjoy this new chapter.

Blessing hugs,

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

The Bee Singer Queen - Chapter 23

Hi Friends,

Back again with chapter 23 of The Bee Singer Queen. Thanks for listening along.


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

The Bee Singer Queen - Chapter 22

Hi there,

I'm back with Chapter 22. I hope you are enjoying the story as now seen through the eyes of young Darva. Chapter 23 will be uploaded promptly next Tuesday. If you can't wait, you can always cheat by skipping over to my You Tube channel.

Blessing hugs,

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Good Shepherd

Hello Friends,

Yesterday I did a little painting of a lamb (along with the Frugal Crafter). I added a scripture to it and will give it to my pastor. I want him to know that he is still a good shepherd, even though sickness has kept him away from the congregation for longer than any of us would like. I know he prays for us and we are never far from his thoughts.

I drew the lamb with a water soluble graphite pencil and used Neo Color crayons on the background. I activated it all with my Pentel water brush.

The first picture is of the painting alone.
The 2nd pic is after I mounted the painting to dark green cardstock and added a verse.
Thanks for stopping by.

Blessing hugs,

Monday, 20 March 2017

The Bee Singer Queen - Chapter 21

Hello Friends,

I apologize for not having a chapter for you last week. It was a challenging week for me physically. The good news is that I recorded three chapters this week so you will have a steady flow for a bit, at least. I will try to keep on top of things so I do not lag behind again.

Blessing hugs,

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

The Bee Singer Queen - Chapter 20


Is Jondon's love, or even the love for her child, enough to keep Abella from succumbing to the dark but delicious draw of Lucretia's powers and being supreme commander of the hive?

Put up your feet and have a listen as our story turns a corner and is now seen through the young eyes of Darva, Abella's daughter and granddaughter of the original Bee Singer Queen.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

The Bee Singer Queen - chapter 19

Hello Friends,

As promised, here is chapter 19 of my novel, The Bee Singer Queen. I hope you are enjoying it. If you have missed some of my chapters, you can catch up by listening on my You Tube channel.

Blessing hugs,

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The Bee Singer Queen - Chapter 18

Hello Friends,

Today I have chapter 18 for you. I also wrote and recorded Chapter 19. It will appear here next Tuesday or, if you can't wait, you can always view it on my You Tube channel.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are enjoying my novel.

Blessing hugs,

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Faux Encaustic Junk Journal Page

Hello Friends,

Lately I have been playing with crayons, an old pancake griddle and a heat gun for a faux encaustic technique. It is only faux because I am using wax crayons rather than true encaustic paint, which is definitely on my art supply wish list.

This page was inspired by a poem I wrote a couple of months ago called, "Kaleidoscope". Once I was satisfied with my faux encaustic painting, I added three different glitters, gold wire and resin butterflies. I also used a tracing wheel to add some interesting texture. Unfortunately, the shine and sparkle does not show up in the photo.

Here is the poem which inspired my painting. I started with acrylic paints for my background. After collaging the printed poem on, I sponged lightly with gold acrylic paint and a bit of black around the edges. I finished it off with pouring medium so it would be as glossy as the flip side. Again, my camera did not do the glossy finish justice.

I am linking this to Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #33, Sweet Inspirations.
Since you probably cannot read the poem from my photo, here it is:

Teresa Arsenault ©2016

The colours of life: the greens, golds, blues, yellows; all hold no pattern of their own
Man tries to make sense of them, tries to gather them to his breast
His heart leaps at their beauty;
his mind grasps for understanding, as at a feather in the wind

The heart finds peace but for a moment
The mind exalts itself as being wise

Greys and browns come; clouds blot out the sunny days
Whispering winds that eased the mind with lies
turn into gales and icy winds speed down descents
To valleys of discontent, confusion and pain

Where is your lightness now, oh heart?
Where is your understanding, vain-laden mind?

This earth-bound life has beauty, yet it has ugliness and scars
My heart is deceptive and my mind all agog
I can trust neither; I can depend on not one, nor the other
I put my trust in you God; I surrender to you each aspect of my life

You weave through it your scarlet thread
You splash it with your wondrous colours and infuse it with your light
The scarlet thread forms the pattern, ever changing,
but ever consistent to your loving and holy nature

New mercies each day delight me
Without, there would be no form
Only a chaos of colours; no meaning, no sense
A painter gone amuck

Oh God, my God, my beautiful God
Your designs hold true; they do not fall apart
Sweet nuances of colour and pattern
Amaze me each time you alter my perspective

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Blessing hugs,

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Melted Crayon Art

Hello Friends,

I have not done much faith art journaling in quite a while, and what I have managed to do, I haven't posted. I wish I could say that is going to change, but I am not going to make any promises at this point.

What I do have for you today is something I have been longing to try for a long time - encaustic painting. Actually this is more of a faux encaustic treatment since I only had a box of Crayola Crayons with which to work. I started the bigger piece using only a heat gun, but this weekend a friend gave me her old, scratched-up pancake griddle and I really got to have some fun. I bought some cheap hog bristle brushes and melted my crayons in mini pie tins on the griddle. It is slow work because the wax dries so fast and not very exact since the wax moves whenever you fuse the layers with your heat gun. Here are my first two pieces.

This is a junk journal page, made with box board:
 I used a tracing wheel (for sewing patterns) to make some interesting texture in the wax here, while it was still somewhat warm.
For the wood-grain texture, I simply pressed corrugated cardboard into the hot wax. The book part was cool so it did not receive the texture.

The back is just the scripture written out over my original melted crayon play, which I did with only my heat gun, before I got my pancake griddle. I used permanent marker, but its permanence on the waxy surface is questionable.

This one is a page in my "Identity - I am Statements" tag journal. I embedded seed beads into the warm wax. It took quite a few tries to set the beads before the wax dried. I started by engraving (with a stylus tool) around a stencil. I pushed graphite powder (from a soft graphite crayon) into the engraved parts (gloves on) and wiped the excess off with a baby wipe. Maybe 2 baby wipes; that stuff is messy. Then I kept building layers, with the beads being the last layer.
Tag Journal Page
The Back just has the scripture written out on a painted background; nothing fancy.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope I have inspired you to try something new and fun in your crafting.

Blessing hugs,

The Bee Singer Queen - chapter 17

Dear Friends,

At long last, here is chapter 17 of my audio book, The Bee Singer Queen. I hope it was worth the wait.

Blessing hugs,

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

I'm Back!

Hi Friends,

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Years. The last few months we have been making a major shift in our household, clearing out our office/craft room. It is now all set up as a spare room. My husband's office, for his computer training business, is in the dining room and I have moved to the basement. Little by little I am unpacking and reorganizing, but first I purged a lot of my craft supplies. My husband plans to build me some shelves, as soon as he has the time to do it. Then I can get the remainder of my supplies put in their places. I have a lovely peg board and hubby installed some fabulous LED lights overhead. Once everything is organized, I will have 3x the work space. I will take some pics and show you once I have it all done. It's not a pretty space, but I think it will do very well.

In the meantime, my computer is set up and I am back to working on my novel, "The Bee Singer Queen". Since January is a time when many people feel the urge to reorganize, why not have a listen to my latest chapter while you clean out that closet?

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are enjoying my story.

Blessing hugs,